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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The long thread on the closing of the Union Square Café brought back memories of the previous tenant of the space. Brownies was a health food store with an excellent fish/vegetable/dairy (and Kosher) restaurant in the rear. A very early healthy eating restaurant.

Jul 04, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Was Artie's Warehouse the restaurant in an old loft building on 19th or 20th St. between 10th and 11th Avenues? At the time it opened it was in the absolute middle of nowhere. It was really ahead of its time.

Jul 04, 2014
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Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

«I have not been that way in a long time» you certainly haven't. Though, like many neighborhoods, not all blocks are the same, Bed-Stuy has changed a lot recently, including a lot of new very good restaurants. As a reference, one-family rowhouses are now selling there for upwards of $2,000,000.

To the OP, probably not far away from you,There is a Tuscan restaurant located in a restored former old-fashioned apothecary shop, that is pretty unique. It's called Locanda vini e olli . It's probably at the upper end of your price range, but I suggest you have a look.

Jul 02, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Madras Woodlands
1627 Hillside Ave
New Hyde Park, NY

same owner, but a lot less upscale in price and atmosphere.

Jun 28, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Thank you penthouse pup. It's been bothering me for a while.

Jun 23, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Help me with the name of this restaurant on West 34th St. (north side between 8th and 9th). It was a seafood restaurant, quite large. Their dessert specialty was Nesselrode pie.

Jun 22, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

+1 on
Foo Joy
Smokey's
the Automat.
Also:
Cavenaughs on 23rd St.
The Quilted Giraffe
Réné Pujol
Yuet Sun the BBQ duck place on Pell St.

Jun 17, 2014
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French Louie - anybody been yet?

We had a different experience. We looked forward to the place because of its connection to Buttermilk Channel. The place was comfortable, the service very good and the food was nicely presented. But we found it rather lacking any taste. If we lived in Bushwick, we would not make the trip here just for French Louis.

Apr 25, 2014
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why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

While the ticket has been there since the beginning of time, at the beginning of time it was handled differently. Those numbers on the front (now for all purposes, the back) of the ticket were within the price range of the items on the menu. The countermen would punch out the correct amount. Only after buying a lot, would you exceed the highest amount on the front and they had to resort to writing on the back.

Apr 17, 2014
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restaurant with vegan options near BAM

M.O.B. (Maimonides of Brooklyn). Between 3rd and 4th Ave on Atlantic Avenue. Style is "Brooklyn vegetarian". Atmosphere is "Brooklyn hipster weird". Entrees are a lot less than $20. This is a branch of a similar restaurant in Paris. http://www.mob-usa.com/

Apr 17, 2014
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Sales tax on food consumed at the bar

No the tax treatment is the same for take-out and bar/table. The tax is the same on alcohol and food. It's 8.875% in NYC period. (Other NYS jurisdictions have different rates.) Nothing complicated in a restaurant, although supermarket tax rules are somewhat confusing.

Apr 10, 2014
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Fort Greene coffee shop for Sunday meeting?

Or the Hungry Ghost managed café in the BRIC center at Fulton and Rockwell Place.

Mar 23, 2014
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Sit-down appetizing restaurant in Brooklyn?

There are a lot of bagel places, but most are not very special. You could try Bagel Cafe, 200 Clinton St. at Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights.

Mar 22, 2014
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Where does one find good food in Brooklyn Heights??

There is a new Hill Country BBQ and Hill Country Chicken on Boerum Place. I haven't seen any reviews here (and we haven't gone), but the Manhattan location has been highly praised. There's also a branch of Shake Shack if you like that kind of thing. Both are open for lunch.

Feb 25, 2014
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Breakfast near Brooklyn Museum this Saturday. What's good?

But go real early. There usually is a long line (although maybe not at 9:30 AM. Much safer (and in my opinion, better) alternative is Cheryl's Global Soul.

Jan 22, 2014
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Pvt Rm for b-day party for 30-40 in Park Slope, W'Burg, Fort Greene...

Try Ici in Ft. Greene.

Jan 12, 2014
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Do any places serve squirrel?

You are mistaken. Rabbit is available in hundreds on NYC restaurants. Cuy can be found in Ecuadorian and other South American restaurants (and even a food cart or two in Queens).

Dec 09, 2013
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Sahadi's closed on Sunday

Yes, that is correct. They are open one Sunday a year.

Nov 25, 2013
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Franny's wait on a Wednesday?

Holiday on Ice is at the Barclay's Center this Wednesday at 7 PM so people should be clearing out of these at around 6:30 or so (although I'm not sure if Marcos and Convivium be full of Holiday on Ice attendees and Franny's might be a bit far for them) In any case Convivium takes reservations and should be your best bet.

Nov 11, 2013
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NYC Classics Tour - Arthur Ave Question

I don't think that I would classify Roberto's as an Italian-American red sauce place. It is far more refined and upscale than I think to OP is looking for. Veteran waiters, yes, but nothing resembling checkered tablecloths--or red sauce, for that matter.

Oct 31, 2013
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NYC Classics Tour - Arthur Ave Question

Pasquale's Rigoletto (very old school)
Mario's (white table cloths, been around since the 1920s)
Dominick's (been a while, I think there are no tablecloths--but if there were they definitely would be checkered, no menus either). This place is a stereotype of old school.

Oct 28, 2013
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Dinner near Barclay's Center in Brooklyn

I've not been their either. Here's a NY Times (non food oriented) article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/nyr...

Oct 03, 2013
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First Date - Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill

General Greene a small plates (and entrées place in Ft. Greene)

Oct 02, 2013
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Dinner near Barclay's Center in Brooklyn

Franny's is no long "just up the block". The moved quite a bit down Flatbush Ave. Their old place is now Marco's, an Italian restaurant; same owners.

Oct 02, 2013
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Katz’s menu items, other than pastrami

Just note that the tongue is cold, unlike the pastrami, brisket and corned beef.

Sep 19, 2013
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Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is food only, although the sell take away pre-packaged/bottled food (i.e. Pickles, salsa, chocolate) as well. The Ft. Greene Brooklyn Flea, as Jon said has considerably fewer food venders, but a lot of other types of stuff. Note that I would not expect most food venders to be serving before noon at either location.

Sep 17, 2013
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Katz's Deli vs. Carnegie Deli

«they do not take credit cards»
Ah, but they do. Just not at the cashier line. To pay with a credit card, go to the take-out (whole salamis for sale) counter and hand in your ticket along with your credit card. Then just show the credit card receipt to guard when you leave.

Sep 16, 2013
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Where can I get Fried Belly Clam Rolls in NYC?

LittleNeck in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Sep 06, 2013
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DiFara - inclement weather

You can bring beer or wine to Di Fara. We usually bring a bottle of red and nurture it while waiting for the pie. Watching Dom work is a great way to spend the hour or so inside waiting for dinner.

Aug 30, 2013
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dinner to convince a friend to love new york?

For something unique and special that is both Brooklyn and unBrooklyn, I often take people to Locanda Vini i Olii in Clinton Hill. It's an Italian (Tuscan) restaurant in a converted old fashioned apothecary shop. The food is great, the decor is pretty special. It should wow her–and maybe you too. Best if your driving but it is also only 4 blocks from the C Train (Clinton Washington).

BTW, Luger is a bit out of your price range.

Jul 24, 2013
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